There’s a reason why online learning is so popular. You don’t have to learn a new computer language and a whole new program for every class.
Why Is Learning In The Classroom Better Then Learning Online
I remember being in the classroom way, way back when. (Before I became a mom, of course.)
First and foremost, I was only 8 years old and I didn’t even fully understand the concept of time. I took lessons at age 8 in kindergarten, but that was it. I was so old and old-fashioned at that point, that I was generally happy just learning on my own. And I never really learned to read or write, and by the time I was in grammar school, I had been taking classes for a few years.
But this is how I was raised: We had a great teacher. She stood up at the beginning of every lesson, and rather than walking away, she remained in her chair as we worked on the math problems or her handwriting paper, knowing full well that we would be leaving as soon as she was done.
We also had materials with illustrations, and we often worked on those. I remember my teacher’s lesson plans: Make a template or a puzzle or a drawing. Collect math questions and write solutions.
And though I was small, she made it look and feel like an interactive class. Even at age 8, I felt like I was learning and making progress.
This wasn’t always the case for children today.
I want to break something to make it sound real, though: In no way does anyone who has a child out in the “real world” learn this sort of thing.
There’s no visual aid or topic to follow. There’s no picture or word to draw on a whiteboard, or chalk, or whatever you would do if you had a classroom.
You know what’s challenging and what’s not. It isn’t what you used to do.
You’re not taught children the different factors that help an Internet class compare to the old days of campus learning and then again to the current, better online learning that I am taking for this article.
It’s, well, not online schooling. It’s private school.
So, here’s my question for you: Do you feel like you’re better off getting more school experience today than you were 20 years ago?
I am far from a miracle worker. I am totally not enough of a genius to know what each grade will be like. But I am working on it and so far, so good.
Here’s what I have learned.
First and foremost, I’m a better person because I’ve had the opportunity to pick up new things by simply taking them and putting them in my backpack. (That is, if I’m traveling or have an organized backpack so that I can carry in a couple of miles of homework after school and then put it into the back.)
Secondly, this is where I’m guided: I’m guided in my learning by my teachers. I see my story, I see my answer and, well, it inspires me and makes me want to do better. I do this because I’m teaching myself.
I don’t write every parenthetical to my reviews. However, some things I mention on my review experiences are meant to inspire — for example, this is the material I started class at, this is the topic I was working on, and here’s a picture I did to help illustrate this point. (If you have a picture that helps you, share it with me.)
Here is the process I went through to produce a simple, understandable guideline on teaching elementary students to use colors properly. The first step is writing down what you learned for the week. The next step is identifying who can help you remember what you’ve just learned.
(Again, if you have some ideas about the materials you were using with your students, if you have any pictures you’d like to share, or if you have any ideas of your own, please send me an email.)
Next step: recategorize what you’ve learned the week before so that you’re focused on one concept.
(In other words, if you learned this week about paragraphs, you’ll know that you know the number 1-9-9-9).
(If you were working on every other letter of the alphabet in class, the next step would be to identify those letters and determine the order in which you’re counting them in the next week. And your next step? Recategorize them — an easier process, and a whole lot more fun!)
(If you just learned something new this week, the next step is to work with the others in